Master-planner sought at Kew

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, is looking to appoint a master-planner for the long-term development of the World Heritage Site.

Landscape architects are invited to tender for the three-year contract before the tendering deadline of 12 December. Head of communications at Kew Sue Runyard said: “We have various responsibilities towards maintaining the gardens in order to keep our World Heritage status. “We have a good site maintenance plan for looking after the buildings and, to a certain extent, the gardens. However, we feel that we should have on our books someone who can help advise us over the next few years about priorities in maintenance and landscape.” Runyard added that, as Kew is a mixture of Victorian, Georgian and 20th-century architecture, it is often hard to know which elements to trade. “We have had advice on this in the past but it’s been on an ad-hoc basis. We would like a permanent relationship with a landscape architect.” * Call Sandy Cotter on 0208 332 5135 or email

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